Métis Nation BC Annual General Meeting 2019 "Continues The Quest"
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The 2019 Métis Nation BC Annual General Meeting took place in Prince George on the weekend of Sept. 13-15, with the Métis Flag flying proudly over City Hall and Métis Veterans and Elders leading the ceremonial procession into the conference hall.
The three day AGM attended by over 250 delegates, citizens, staff and guests was preceded by meetings of the Board, the Senate and several provincial committees as well as two workshops open to all delegates: Be More than a Bystander and Sashing Our Warriors. Throughout the meetings, workshops and the AGM, key themes of empowerment, advocacy, and community strength were evident as participants considered ways to align the efforts of its 38 communities and the MNBC provincial body in support of building a strong and proud Métis Nation in our province.
Over the two days of AGM business, delegates debated four (4) substantial motions, with Chairperson Will Goodon overseeing the proceedings.
President Clara Morin Dal Col's address to the Nation provided updates on her work and that of fellow board members and staff in advancing provincial and federal commitments on early childhood initiatives, Métis housing, child welfare and other high priorities where funding, protocol, and jurisdictional agreements are being achieved on a government to government basis,. She highlighted the fact that the Métis registry includes almost 20,000 citizens among the almost 90,000 BC residents who self-identify as Métis. With the rapid growth of the Nation and the federal and provincial acknowledgement of MNBC’s governance status, these are important times for the Nation to work together to achieve our common goals.
The President also commented on efforts being made to address MNBC governance and operations challenges and she committed her efforts and those of the Board to work with its staff to clarify roles, accountabilities, communications channels, and to build capacity so MNBC’s rapid growth over the past few years can be supported by effective processes at every level.
Executive Director Christopher Gall addressed the AGM at its closing and provided attendees with an overview of several priority areas he and staff are working on with the assistance of external resource people for some tasks. He confirmed that review and updating of MNBC policies has commenced as have a number of initiatives to support an effective, efficient, and healthy workplace environment. Mr. Gall provided background information on key issues that delegates raised during the AGM and assured attendees that there are very specific and positive initiatives underway to support the growth and development of MNBC’s rapidly expanding mandate and the commitments emerging from its government to government status with the province and Canada.
MNBC Ratified Resolutions of 2019 AGM
Our Special Thanks!!
- AGM Partners and Sponsors: Thank you for your support and generosity!
- AGM 2019 Host Community: Prince George Métis Community Association
- Venue: Prince George Convention & Civic Centre
- Grand Entry Leads: Fergus Dalton, Drew Nagao, Raynie Gervais and Rene Lucier
- Métis Ballad Performance: Kelly O'Neil
- AGM 2019 Emcee: Cassidy Caron
- AGM 2019 Chair: Will Goodon
- AGM 2019 Clerk: Chris Gall
- AGM Recorder: RainCoast Ventures Ltd
- Be More Than A Bystander: BC Lion's JR LaRose & Will Loftus
- Sashing Our Warriors: Dr. Natalie Clark, Patricia Barakas, & Robbi Forsythe -
- Métis Veterans BC: “Dumont Scouts” for their service to our Nation and AGM
- Tradeshow Setup: Central Displays & Tents, Prince George
- Official photographer: Leona Shaw
- Jim Roberts Memoriam Red River Cart: Provided by Joyce and Kelly Roberts
- Reception Performers: The Barry Nakahara Band
- Banquet Performers: The Lucier Brothers Duo, The City Limits Band and Mark Desjarlais
- His Worship, Mayor Lyn Hall (City of Prince George)
- President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council
- President David Chartrand, Vice President of Métis National Council and President of Manitoba Métis Federation
- President Mitch Case, Métis Nation Ontario Youth Council (MNOYC)
- President Melanie Omeniho, Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak / Women Of The Metis Nation
- President Victor Lavallee, MNBC Prince George Métis Community Association
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Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation British Columbia
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The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, nearly 20,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC. The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.